Fast Testing & Precise Diagnoses
In our in-house lab, our Victoria vets use advanced diagnostic and testing technology to accurately diagnose your pet's medical conditions and tailor treatment plans to their needs.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Diagnostic imaging, with its electromagnetic radiation and other technologies, helps us to capture extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
At Downtown Veterinary Clinic, our advanced tools make it easier for us to accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. Our diagnostic services include radiography (x-rays) and ultrasound.
With these capabilities, we can provide more immediate treatment options and share information efficiently with your primary care veterinarian.
In-House Lab & Pharmacy
At our in-house laboratory, we can perform tests and get results quickly, so your pet's symptoms can be diagnosed efficiently and we can begin treatment. In our pharmacy, you'll find a wide selection of prescription diets and medications. You'll have quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
In our in-house laboratory, we can complete advanced diagnostics to offer an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues. Our diagnostic services include:
- Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
With radiographs (digital x-rays), we can see your pet's internal systems and glean information that may be invisible to the casual observer.
Radiography is a painless, non-invasive and safe procedure that uses only very low doses of radiation. Because radiation exposure levels are so low, even pregnant females and very young pets can have this procedure.
We can use radiographs to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including spinal cord diseases, bladder stones, chronic arthritis, fractured bones and some tumours.
We can create images of the inside of your pet's body by using ultrasound imaging to expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves.
Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, we can see the movement and structure of your pet's internal systems, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Using an electrocardiogram (also referred to as an echo or cardiac ultrasound), we can measure the rate and regularity of your pet's heartbeat.
This diagnostic tool allows our veterinarians to closely examine what the heart looks like (shape, size, function, the heart's chambers, valves and surrounding structures) and how it is functioning in real-time.
Rhinoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using a rhinoscope to view the inside of your dog's or cat's nasal passages. This specialized piece of diagnostic imaging equipment requires in-depth training and experience to use.
Your pet would be under general anesthesia for this procedure, in which the rhinoscope is gently inserted into each nasal passage to identify whether your pet may have a nasal tumour, fungal infection or other condition causing his or her symptoms.
To find out whether your pet may be experiencing glaucoma, we use a tonometer to measure pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure). This pressure is exerted by the eyeball against the outer layers of the eye and leads to a buildup of fluid, which can eventually cause vision loss.
Tonometry can also help us discover whether there is inflammation happening within the eye.
Caring for Pets in Victoria
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